Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia President Joko Widodo has nominated Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto as sole candidate for the Military Chief, replacing current General Commander Gatot Nurmantyo, whose tenure will end in April 2018.

Tjahjanto was proposed by Widodo to House Representative this week for approval of the House members before he is installed as new Military Chief, according to Johan Budi, President’s Special Staff of Communication.

“General Commander Gatot Nurmantyo will soon retire in April 2018. Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto was considered capable and competent to become Military Chief,” Budi told TheInsiderStories, Monday (4/12).

Tjahjanto is currently the Air Force Chief. He was sworn in to his current position in January 2017.

Hadi, a 1986 Air Force Academy graduate, is no stranger to the President. He served as head of the Adi Soemarmo Air Base in Surakarta, Central Java, when President Widodo was holding the post as Surakarta Mayor in 2010 and 2011.

In 2013, he became the spokesman of the Air Force, and two years later he was assigned to become commander of the Malang Abdurrahman Saleh air base in East Java.

President Widodo, who was sworn in as the country’s seventh President in October 2014, later promoted Tjahjanto to become Presidential Military Secretary in 2015.

Under Widodo’s administration, Tjahjanto’s military career skyrocketed. In 2015, he received another promotion to become the Defense Ministry’s Inspector General, and the State Palace increased his rank from a two star to three star Air Force General.

After the appointment, the House will conduct fit and proper test for Tjahjanto and will be brought in plenary session for final decision, according to Deputy of House Speaker Fadli Zon. This fit and proper test process is expected to be completed before General Commander Gatot Nurmayanto retired in April next year.

Written by Elisa Valenta, Email: elisa.valenta@theinsiderstories.com